The name of this genre bugs me a little, because it has come to only mean novels about dystopian governments, vampires, troubled young girls on the brink of crisis, or girls in cliques. Oh, and sometimes cancer. I write young adult fiction that is character-driven literary fiction which just happens to be appropriate for a not-yet-adult audience. Cardenio and the Warbler was very much a first novel and really more of an experiment in writing from the perspective of four siblings. Swim is something I began while teaching high school girls; it is about friends and mothers and finding yourself. But my favorite, hands-down the best thing I have ever written, is still a work in progress. It is called The Spectrum Club of West Jefferson High, and I hope to be finished in a few months. I need an agent, so I put a bit of it here.